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Forest Carbon was founded in 2006 with the twin ambitions of increasing woodland creation in the UK and putting a price on businesses’ carbon emissions. Since then, we have gone on to build strong partnerships with landowners, companies and individuals, enabling private sector investment to fund the planting of over 12 million trees, primarily in the UK.

But it isn’t just forests that we are interested in. Since 2017 we have been helping to finance peatland restoration and now our sights are set on expanding carbon markets into agricultural and marine environments. A recent paper that McKinsey and the World Economic Forum co-produced argued what we have been saying for 15 years: “there is no clear path to deliver climate mitigation without investing in nature”.

 Our core purpose is to maximise that investment and optimise its impact, so that land managers across the country can harness the power of natural processes to help restore our environment and put our society on a path to genuine sustainability.

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Forest Carbon leads the way in developing woodland creation and peatland restoration projects for carbon capture and ecosystem services in the UK. We have planted over 10.3 million new trees in 220+ new woodlands since 2006 with our partners removing over 2.1 million tonnes of CO2e from the atmosphere, as well as providing a host of other benefits to society, including habitat creation, biodiversity support, flood mitigation, river ecosystem improvement and public access.

Our new woodland schemes spread across Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. They are certified by the Woodland Carbon Code – which is supported by the UK government and internationally recognised by ICROA. Planting the ‘right tree in the right place’ is required though adherence to the Forestry Commission standards.

Our peatland schemes can be found in Scotland and Wales. They are certified by the Peatland Code which is supported by the IUCN. These certification codes assure the additionality and permanence of each tonne of carbon stored.

Outside of the UK our partners have offset a further 1 million tonnes CO2 and protected or planted in excess of 3 million trees. 

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